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June 9

Why today? The talented, eclectic band that has done more for modern Western swing than any person or group recorded its biggest (and only Top 10) hit on this date 35 years ago.

About the record: Capitol 4115, recorded June 9, 1975, in Nashville. Released the following month, it eventually reached No. 10 on Billboard’s country chart. First LP appearance was on Texas Gold, Capitol ST-11441, released in 1975, eventually reaching No. 7 on Billboard’s country albums chart.

That album is what really put Asleep At The Wheel on the map. This number – written by AATW founder Ray Benson and guitarist Leroy Preston, along with Chris Frayne, the late brother of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen founder George Frayne – was perhaps the most “Music Row” song in the band’s extensive catalog. But, you can’t really go wrong with a whiskey pun, now can you? (By the way, that crystal-clear female voice belongs to longtime AATW member Chris O’Connell.)

About the artists: Get the scoop on Asleep At The Wheel in their bio on Allmusic.com, and in the site’s review of that breakout album, Texas Gold.

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